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Communication Majors

Digital Media Production

Grand View provides extensive hands-on experience in all aspects of broadcasting, combining theoretical and practical work in radio and television. Students prepare for careers in broadcasting and corporate communications by using state-of-the-art equipment available on campus. Many current Grand View students work part-time at local stations as camera operators, production assistants, announcers, and radio personalities. This opportunity gives students a chance to apply what they have learned in the classroom to what they experience in a “real world” setting.

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Courses and Requirements

Prerequisite Courses:

  • Mass Communication
  • Basic Digital Photography

Departmental Courses Required of All Majors:

Communication Core

  • Digital Video & Audio
  • Voice Delivery and Performance
  • Multimedia Storytelling
  • Journalism Laboratory
  • Digital Publishing
  • Advanced Broadcast Production OR Advanced Journalism Lab
  • Internship
  • Communication Law and Ethics
  • Multimedia Career Seminar

Digital Media Courses

  • Voice Delivery and Performance (repeatable)
  • Radio Station Operation
  • TV in Society
  • Video Producing and Directing
  • Radio Production and Announcing
  • Advanced Broadcast Production (repeatable)
  • Electronic Field Production

And 9 additional credits from:

  • Reporting
  • Sports and Media
  • Public Relations Principles
  • Media Advertising
  • Advanced Reporting
  • Principles of Design II: Digital Media

For detailed course descriptions, please go to the current catalog HERE.

Career Options

Grand View graduates hold full-time radio and television jobs at stations and corporate production facilities throughout Des Moines and the United States. Some of their positions include:

• Anchor/Reporter, WKYC-Cleveland, OH
• Studio Engineer, News Channel 8
• TV News Reporter, WHO-TV 13
• Disc Jockey, KMXD-FM
• Promotions Director, WHO-TV 13
• Producer, Iowa Teleproduction Center
• Sports Director, KMTV, Omaha
• Weathercaster, KCAU-TV, Sioux City
• Production Director, KICD AM/FM, Spencer
• Video Editor, Iowa Teleproduction Center



Grand View has developed strong partnerships with more than 20 radio and television stations in the Des Moines area. These stations provide internships that can last one or two semesters.

• KGGO-95 FM
• KJJY/92.5 FM
• KMXD-FM 100
• WHO-TV 13
• WHO Radio
• WOI-TV 5

FM 88.1 - KDPS
KDPS, Grand View’s radio station that leases time from Des Moines Public School's Central Campus, airs daily throughout the school year and is operated by communication majors. Students may choose to work as DJs and may apply for paid positions as program director, promotions director, or music director. Visit the KDPS website here. KDPS radio airs live webcasts, including summer and daytime hours. Webcasts can be heard here.

FM 94.1 – KGVC
KGVC, Grand View’s low-power radio station, airs weekdays from 4 am to 4 pm and all day Sunday. The station’s signal reaches most of the city of Des Moines and some of the surrounding suburbs. The goal of the station is to reach out to the multicultural community with an emphasis on providing contemporary music to young adults that they cannot hear elsewhere on the radio dial. Students may choose to work as DJs and may apply for paid positions as program director, promotions director, or music director. Visit the KGVC website

In television classes, students learn everything from operating a television camera to directing news programs or intercollegiate basketball games. Students have access to state-of-the-art production studios with computerized teleprompters, two editing suites, and in-field shooting gear. Student productions, such as newscasts or talk shows, air in Des Moines on the cable network.  Click to
view videos crrently being created by students in our Broadcast program.



Join The Communication Club and get involved!  Grand View University's Communication Club allows all students to experience the world of communications through guest speakers, tours of broadcast stations, and student-produced programming. The Communication Club also gives students the opportunity to attend national conventions and take trips to major media markets.

Sponsor: Ms. Becky McDonnell
Cowles, Room 101

You will also have the opportunity to be involved in Grand View Radio and GVTV as well.